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So a quick review on yesterdays cocktail. This drink was too strong, I had to add some almond milk to thin it out. I really enjoyed it after that, it tasted like raspberry chocolate milk.

I will make this again. I really like the movie Contagion, if you weren’t a germaphobe before watching it, you might end up thinking twice about shaking someones hand after watching it. I am obsessed with End of Times type movies, and watching this movie really shows how easy it is for an outbreak to travel from Hong Kong to the United States in a 24 hour period of time. My husband always laughs at me and my obsession with the possibly of these types of scenarios taking place.

Well anyways, I could go on forever about my love of the Zombie, Flu, End of Times, Apocalyptic and Post Apocalyptic Genre.

Today is about the love of the game and good food.

So I knew I wanted to make a quick and easy lunch while my stew cooked, so I threw a Kashi thin crust pizza in the oven.

This little pizza cooked up in 10 minutes.

Superbowl Sunday is here and I have to say I’m ready for some snacks and fun foods. I’m most excited about the main dish. I made a special stew for my husband. I found this great recipe for Venison Guinness Stew. I make so many non meat dishes and he never complains, so I thought I’d make him a special meat dish, for the manly holiday that we know as Super Bowl Sunday.

Are you ready for some Football.

Super Bowl

Recipe: Guinness Pub Stew with Venison

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 pounds venison, trimmed of fat and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 large yellow onions, chopped
  • 6 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 6 redskin potatoes (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 2 bottles of Guinness Extra Stout
  • 2 cans beef stock, unsalted if available
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped fine
  • 1 salt and fresh ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. In a large Dutch oven or stew pot, heat the vegetable oil over Medium-High heat.
  2. Season the meat generously with salt and pepper, then sear on all sides for 2 minutes. Sear the meat in batches to avoid overcrowding. Remove the seared meat and set aside.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium and add the onions. Use a wooden spoon to scrape the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Cook for 15 minutes or until the onions begin to brown.
  4. Stir in the garlic, cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Add back the meat and stir in the Guinness and enough beef stock to cover. Add the carrots, potatoes, bay leaf, molasses and Worcestershire sauce. Increase the heat to a boil, stir, and reduce to a simmer and cover. Simmer for 1 1/2 hours or until the vegetables are fork tender.
  6. Add the fresh thyme, season to taste with salt and pepper, and serve.

Quick Notes

You must use a Stout for this…lager won’t cut it!

Cooking time (duration): 1.5 hours

Number of servings (yield): 6

* Side Note, I ended up using a crock pot to complete the cooking of this meal, because of the broken glass on my stove. I browned the meat and onions on the stove top, then transferred it all to the crock pot. I cooked on low for 3-1/2 hours. I was just to nervous to use the stove top for the 1 1/2 cook time.

Right after adding the Guinness.

After the Guinness foam settled.

The stew had a very hardy flavor to it, the venison was very tender. I couldn’t taste the Guinness in it, but the stew had a very zesty flavor that I’m sure came from the stout beer.

I whipped up a batch of naughty brownies also. Today is a holiday, and when I think of holidays I think of brownies.

I finally got to use my cupcake server.

I don’t have a preference on who wins the Super Bowl, I just want to watch a really good football game.  Well once again the weekend has gone by too fast. I ordered a new stove today and it will be delivered on Saturday the 11th. So I really have to get creative next week on my meal planning.  I plan on flipping through some of my food magazines to get some casserole ideas. Using my oven is not a problem, I just have to avoid my stove top.

Enjoy the game.

Question of the day: Do you watch football?

Check Ya Later.

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